There are so many reasons to choose mineral sunscreens over chemical sunscreen filters.
Mineral sunscreens reflect UVA/UVB rays away from the skin, whereas chemical filters work by absorbing the rays into the skin, converting them to heat, and then releasing them from the body.
Mineral sunscreens are gentle and non-irritating to the skin.
Mineral sunscreens lay on top of the skin, and do not penetrate the skin or get into the bloodstream. Recent studies have shown that some chemical sunscreen filters do penetrate the skin and get into the bloodstream.
Proposed sunscreen regulations, The FDA has stated that Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are the only ingredients that are GRASE (Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective), whereas the 12 remaining chemical sunscreens need additional safety testing done and are not currently considered GRASE.
We absolutely share your concern about the presence of benzene detected in some sunscreens and after-sun in recent testing. Since the lab that performed the testing did so independently, they clearly were able to test only a small subset of the many sunscreen and after sun products available. TIZO was not included in this testing. Our products are not part of any recall or any requested recall.
We have no reason to believe that there is benzene in any TIZO product, as we do not use any ingredients that contain or would break down to benzene. Because safety is of utmost importance, we are arranging for our products to be tested by an independent lab to verify that they contain no traces of benzene.
Please note also that the sunscreens used in TIZO do not penetrate the skin. While this is independent of the benzene question, sunscreen penetration was raised as a potential added concern in some of the articles reporting on this recent study.